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Hi, I just happened across your site while getting ideas for my wire wrap gemstones and sea glass.

The fact that you give away information, don’t insist personal information, has bought my business already.

To add to the joy (yes, I’m prone to hyperbole but I’m absolutely enchanted with your business model), you add stone treatment information rather than burying it somewhere.

It’s very important to me to be able to tell my customers the what’s been done to their stones, the quality, source and composition of the gems they buy.

I believe I’m the only vendor to have the FCC and AGIA disclosure booklets available at any festival I’ve attended.

You have a customer now and, if OK, I will use your page on stone treatments, with proper attribution of course, as a handout at my next festival the end of this month.

Brightest blessings,


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How do I Create Jewelry

How do you Create a Piece? My process.


This may be an odd question, and you may not want to answer it Szarka, but I am curious how do you come up with the ideas for your jewelry? Your pieces are so unique and have a definite flare that I do not often see.


Unique is that code for weird? Just kidding.

Sometimes I just wake up with an idea and I make it. Not often but sometimes.

Sometimes I sit down with a strand of beads and try to make something out of it that looks good. That usually works out into something I don't much like.

The process that works for me is as follows.

I go through my focal boxes and pull out 4 to 10 focals that are screaming to be used. I love working with focals since that is how I started. You see I was a hard core wire wrapper when I started making jewelry, no stringing for me. I soon realized that if I framed my wire art with a necklace it sold better.

I then work on my focals. I wire wrap them or look at them to see if their is anything I can do to add that extra bit of wow factor to them. I work them all up.

I then grab gift box lids or wooden bowls and put a focal in each. I set one in front of me and I look at it. What colors, textures, patterns and sizes of beads would really make this pop? If I were going to wear this piece how would I want it to look? If I wanted to make this a piece strangers would look at and say "wow nice necklace" what would I need to do to it?

I get a few ideas rolling and I take my focal and hold it over my beads. I categorize my beads by color. I have a hook hanging on a wall with all my strands of purple, another for orange etc.... I hold the focal over each color I think may go and see what pops. I will pull four strands of one color and put it in the bowl with a focal. Then I go onto the next color I think will harmonize or contrast and do the same. Then I spread out all the strands I have pulled and look at it to see what sizes and shapes I need to make the piece come together.

I put back what I don't need and move onto the next focal and do it all over again.

I find that if I stay within levels of transparency things blend and pop better. I use opaque with opaque and translucent with translucent. I also use the color wheel and look at complementary and contrasting colors. I like to use colors in a common hue or go for a medley of the same color in different hues.

Now I get to sit down and look at the focal with all the beads I have chosen. I decide if wire, stringing, or a combination of both would set the focal up to really show itself off and then I go at it.

As I go I think constantly about how I can make it just a bit better. A hand wired art clasp? How about a hammered accent? Wired extender chain with the best gem beads dangling down the back of the neck? Maybe this focal needs many strands of beads to really make it feel rich?

I ask myself how can I make this different and unique? What can I add that will set it apart? What would I want on it to make it my favorite necklace to wear?

That said then the left brain needs to kick into gear. Is the back to heavy and it will slide? Will those beads on the back of the neck be bothersome to the skin with this heavy of a piece? Will it lay properly in three dimensions? Will the depth or width of that bead not sync with the depth of the others? Is this a soft gemstone that needs beads around it to protect it? Will this require double crimping and double strands of beading wire to ensure it lasts a long time? How big are the holes on these beads and will that wire fit? Do I need to make the holes bigger or change the design to make it more structurally sound? Will this kind of clasp stay on and is it easy to put on? How long should it be? Where on the neck should it lay to look the best? Lots to consider.

That's all folks. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

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